Very wild rumors about a new Panasonic S1V (?) L-mount cinema camera

A chinese film maker Yu Yue reports about a possible new cinema L-mount cinema camera that might be named Pansonic S1V. He also spilled out those specs:

New enhanced version S1H(S1V?)
4K 120P Netflix approved codec,
11.8M pixels CMOS
Great low light performance,
Enhanced all pixels DFD,
4K 120P HDR 12 Bit Raw external recording,
Coming this year.

I really haven’t heard anything about such a camera yet. Drop me a message if you know more about this!

January 2020 camera sales dropped by 19%

The latest Cipa reports contains some very worrisome data: The system camera market dropped by 19%. The system camera market sales were down 11% in terms of units sold and by 19% in terms of value. The rest of the year will be even worse due the effect of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Panasonic-Leica-Sigma might slow down their product release cycle because of that 🙁

Sigma announces it will release the new FP firmware Ver.2.00 this summer

Sigma just teased the launch of a new major firmware update for the FP:

SIGMA is pleased to announce the firmware update schedule for the SIGMA fp.

Firmware update Ver.2.00 will be released in summer 2020. It will improve the camera’s capability with the addition or improvement of a number of functions including CinemaDNG playback, cinemagraph functionality and movie recording with the Director’s Viewfinder.

[Benefits of the update] ・Supports CinemaDNG 120/100fps (FHD 8bit) shooting.
・Supports cinemagraph functionality.
・Supports still image shooting during live view and movie shooting in Cine mode.
・Supports HDR shooting.
・Supports Director’s Viewfinder recording function.
・Supports SDK (Software Development Kit).

SIGMA is also developing firmware Ver.1.02, which corrects card errors when using certain SD cards, and introduces added lens aberration correction processing. This is scheduled to be released on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Panasonic announces the new L-mount lens roadmap

Below you can see the new Panasonic L-mount lens roadmap. You will find those new lenses:

  • 24mm f/1.8
  • 50mm f/1.8
  • 85mm f/1.8 (was already on the previous roadmap)
  • new fast wide angle zoom (compatible for astro photography)
  • new standard zoom
  • telephoto zoom

They removed the 100mm f/2.8 macro from the roadmap and Panasonic said this lens is “under consideration”. Panasonic also says the new f/1.8 primes have very high quality, impressive bokeh and are compact.